Doctor meaning

dŏk'tər
An eminent theologian.
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To practice medicine.
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To give medical treatment to.
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To practice medicine.
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Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor.
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A physician or surgeon.
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A person licensed to practice any of the healing arts, as an osteopath, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
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To doctor is defined as to alter, repair or change in order to mislead.

An example of to doctor is adding salt to a bland meal.

An example of to doctor is a waiter changing the tip amount on a signed credit card bill.

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A title used in addressing any person who holds a doctorate.
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A witch doctor or medicine man.
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A makeshift device, apparatus, etc., for emergency use.
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A bright-colored artificial fly used in fishing.
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To try to heal; apply medicine to.
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To repair; mend.
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To make suitable or improve by altering in a certain way.
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To tamper with or change in order to deceive.

To doctor accounts.

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To undergo medical treatment, take medicine, etc.
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A practitioner of alternative medicine or folk medicine who does not have traditional medical credentials.
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Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor.
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A physician; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctor degree in which case the post-nominal letters are D.O., DPM, M.D., DMD, DDS, DPT, DC, in the US or MBBS in the UK.

If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor.

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A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Th.D. or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.
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A veterinarian; a medical practitioner who treats animals.
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A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.
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(dated) Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency.

The doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter.

The doctor, or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"

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A fish, the friar skate.
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To act as a medical doctor to.

Her children doctored her back to health.

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To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor; to confer a doctorate upon.
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To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.

They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.

We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.

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To genetically alter an extant species.

Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.

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To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.

To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.

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The title of an academic or medical doctor (a person who holds a doctorate); used before the doctor's name.

The students asked to see Doctor Jones.

Doctor Smith carried out the medical procedure.

Well, Doctor, what do you think? Will he live?

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The definition of a doctor is someone with a doctorate or someone licensed to practice a healing art.

An example of doctor is a professer with a doctorate in education.

An example of doctor is a pediatrician.

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A rig or device contrived for remedying an emergency situation or for doing a special task.
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To repair, especially in a makeshift manner; rig.
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A teacher or learned man.
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A person who holds a doctorate.
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Origin of doctor

  • Middle English an expert, authority from Old French docteur from Latin doctor teacher from docēre to teach dek- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English doctor, doctour (“an expert, authority on a subject”), from Anglo-Norman doctour, from Latin doctor (“teacher”), from doceō (“I teach”). Displaced native Middle English lerare (“doctor, teacher”) (from Middle English leren (“to teach, instruct”) from Old English lǣran, lēran (“to teach, instruct, guide”), compare Old English lārēow (“teacher, master”)).
    From Wiktionary